Within the last 12 hours, there has been numerous reports about Nene and the Denver Nuggets – enough to make one’s head spins.
Ken Berger reported that Nene wants out of Denver.
I learned last season that this was a business. No matter how nice you are to people, no matter how nice people are to you, this is a business. I did my best for the team and they waited and waited to extend me. I was like, ‘Oh, OK, all these years playing good, doing your best and they still test you.’ That’s not about family, love and somebody liking you. It’s a business.
And the Denver Post’s Benjamin Hochman also talked to Nene, who said he wants to be happy and play for a contender.
I just have to wait and weigh my options and see what’s best for my family and me. I am very excited that I will get to go back to doing what I love. It’s been great nine years in Denver and everyone knows who knows me, they know how much I love the Nuggets organization and city of Denver. Thanks to the blessing from God it’s a special moment in my career.
It seems like the best option for both Nene and the Nuggets is to go separate ways.
As valuable as Nene was to the team last season, he isn’t worth a max deal and there really isn’t a place for him on this Nuggets team, which is rebuilding. If Denver is smart, it would save the money to spend next season and if possible work a sign-and-trade for Nene.
K-Mart staying in China
Hochman also reported that Kenyon Martin will stay loyal to his China squad and won’t leave, which leaves another starting position that is in flux on this Nuggets team.
Roy a likely amnesty casualty
From the sounds of it the Portland Trailblazers will use their amnesty clause on superstar Brandon Roy. Roy has had history of knee problems and his health is a big issue, but he is an intriguing player that will be available.